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GemmaJF
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Posted: 28 May 2009

Hi All,

It's been several years that I've kept this site running. Not sure really if it did any good or not.

However I made the decision that I no longer wanted to run the site as admin a while back, other things to do, tired of dealing with petty things after a long day at work, tired of the the blatant double standards regarding developers and the so called conservationists, when to me it was always the animals that mattered most.

So in the absence of anyone willing or more to the point who I would want to take the admin role (most have their own political agenda in this game as I'm sure many of you will know), it is with regret I've come to the conclusion that RAUK has done its thing. The site is currently being archived. Once this is complete the pages will be removed from the server. Will the forum return? I don't know I doubt it. I suspect others will fill the gap with a new site. The RAUK name and herpetofauna.co.uk address will remain, perhaps as a public information site only.

For now all I can say is thanks to everyone who contributed to the forums for making what started out as a simple "Can this work?" exercise into something worthwhile.

 

All the best,

 

Gemma

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dave fixx
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Posted: 29 May 2009
Gemma,this is really sad news but I totally understand your frustration,I am sure I would feel the same.Thankyou for all your hard work and the oppertunity to post on this forum for the last year or so.It enabled me to meet new friends,find my first slow worm and joined my local retile hunters.
thanks for everything

Dave

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Alan Hyde
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Posted: 29 May 2009
Hi Gemma,
Sad news indeed, but I fully understand your reasons.
I thank you most sincerely for the time i've spent on this site, it was great getting to know you and other members here.
All the best for the future
Al
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Iowarth
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Posted: 09 Jun 2009

As of today, 9th June, a possibility of re-opening the forum with new administration and hosting is being investigated. Initial indications are extremely promising. More information will be made available as soon as possible.

Chris


Chris Davis, Site Administrator
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GemmaJF
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Posted: 09 Jun 2009

Hey Chris, is it time to let them know it's coming back soon??


Gemma Fairchild, Independent Ecological Consultant
Iowarth
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Posted: 09 Jun 2009

Hi Gemma

One can live in hopes - but at the moment there are still problems to overcome. BUT

we shall overcome some da-a-a-a-ay (he sung badly out of tune)


Chris Davis, Site Administrator
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GemmaJF
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Posted: 09 Jun 2009

Might have a lead on the '? ' issue,

http://forums.webwizguide.com/and-characters-in-sent-emails_ topic25860.html

 

Seems to be the same problem, could the server be inserting the extra character?


Gemma Fairchild, Independent Ecological Consultant
GemmaJF
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Posted: 09 Jun 2009
Interesting, that wasn't the character I typed Chris it was the A that keep appearing in the dates, perhaps it is indeed the server's interpretation that is at fault?
Gemma Fairchild, Independent Ecological Consultant
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Posted: 09 Jun 2009
I have sent info by email but you had identified the core of the fault - it was just a tad more sneaky than that! Resolved now though
Chris Davis, Site Administrator
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GemmaJF
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Posted: 09 Jun 2009

Ah, got your mail, good work tracking that one down, looks good this end.


Gemma Fairchild, Independent Ecological Consultant
Iowarth
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Posted: 09 Jun 2009
Astonishingly, this MAY have solved the "general" 500 error. Since the change that has only happened when doing new posts. Hopefully, if we can crack that one we'll be there!
Chris Davis, Site Administrator
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Iowarth
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Posted: 09 Jun 2009

I'm from still trying to force the 500 error (other than when posting) - I even have the forum open on three separate computers at the moment and acting like an octopus trying to zap through the forum and overload it. Still rock solid though.

Chris


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Posted: 09 Jun 2009
This is a further post simply to force an error to check on the server's error log.
Chris

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Posted: 10 Jun 2009

This is yet another post in an attempt to check the website's error log.

Chris


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Posted: 10 Jun 2009
Another attempt to see if the posting problem has been resolved
Chris

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GemmaJF
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Posted: 10 Jun 2009
Testing testing testing, testing times eh Chris!
Gemma Fairchild, Independent Ecological Consultant
GemmaJF
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Posted: 10 Jun 2009

oooh it works!


Gemma Fairchild, Independent Ecological Consultant
Iowarth
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Posted: 12 Jun 2009
And, hopefully, the last thing to check on the forum at least - uploading a piccie.
Wahey!!  I think it worked!



Chris Davis, Site Administrator
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GemmaJF
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Posted: 13 Jun 2009

It sure did Chris. Not only does everything seem to be working now, but from this end it is running faster than ever. I always knew it wasn't the coding that made the site slow, just the rotten shared server I was paying a fortune for every 6 months!

Quick piccy test from this end, nothing exotic, but pleasing as I had this log pile put in at a local nature reserve, counted 8 adults in total using the logs and an adjacent brash pile that were constructed from materials that would normally have been chipped at the site:


Gemma Fairchild, Independent Ecological Consultant
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Posted: 13 Jun 2009
Hi Gemma
Yes, although this remains a shared server, the provider for whom I am a reseller prides itself on using fast modern servers with plenty of hard disk space and RAM. Obviously there will still be odd problems at peak times but that is generally going to be attributable to ADSL bandwidth throttling rather than the server.
As for the picture, I have long been an advocate of log piles. I don't think there is a single species of native herp I haven't found on, in or under log piles at some time or another. They love 'em! (and when you get as old and knackered as me they can be handy to sit on as well !

Chris Davis, Site Administrator
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